Just when you think you’ve had your fill of reboots and remakes, something gets announced that you can really get excited about.
In this case, it’s news that the 2003 rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days is coming back to life, this time as a TV series.
The TV series will be exclusive to Quibi, a streaming service set to launch in April 2020. The service, which aims to bring “the quality of HBO and offer customers the convenience of Spotify,” as executive Meg Whitman explained to the Los Angeles Times, is developing the series with a twist. It will be a modernization of the story in the world of social media and online dating.
The project is still in development, so there aren’t a lot of details just yet. A press release obtained by People notes that “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days follows a glib young online columnist and an oversexed advertising executive who both need to prove, once and for all, they’re capable of being monogamous. They soon discover, however, keeping a relationship is harder than Andie Anderson made it look.”
If you were a fan of the epic 2003 rom-com How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, you’re in luck. The film is getting a new life, this time in the form of a TV series for upcoming streaming service Quibi, which launches next spring.
Quibi plans to bridge the gap between storytelling in film and in television by creating cinema-quality entertainment for mobile devices. It is currently set to launch in April 2020. The service recently started discussing the different projects it has underway.
Quibi’s announcement of a project based on the beloved rom-com is very exciting news for fans. A press release obtained by People gives us a few more details on just what the project might look like when it hits our mobile devices next year.
“How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days follows a glib young online columnist and an oversexed advertising executive who both need to prove, once and for all, they’re capable of being monogamous,” the statement says. “They soon discover, however, keeping a relationship is harder than Andie Anderson made it look.”
Andie Anderson is a nod to the original film’s character, portrayed by Kate Hudson. The film also starred Matthew McConaughey as ad-exec and womanizer Benjamin Barry. The chemistry between the two was seriously off the charts.
We also know that writer Guy Branum, who served as a writer on Chelsea Lately and The Mindy Project, is signed on for the series. He tweeted about it earlier this month, writing, “We were all certain you could not make a good romantic comedy anymore because print media is dead and RomCom ladies have to work at magazines, but against the tides of history, Quibi & Paramount have agreed to let me re-write ‘How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days.'”
He also humorously added, “I will be observing and consulting numerous photos of shirtless Matthew McConaughey to properly research this task.” Honestly, who could blame him? It’s clearly very necessary research.
There’s been some pretty big excitement around the series already. Fans are really interested in seeing how the modernization changes the story. Think of all the ways social media can help and hurt dating in the modern age.
Of course, the original leaves some pretty big shoes to fill. There are some questions about casting, as it’ll be hard to match the chemistry between Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey. There are also some questions about whether some of the more problematic gender elements of the film will be cleaned up for a modern audience.
If you’re worried the project will be small potatoes because it’s on a yet-to-be-launched streaming service, fear not. First off, Quibi plans to keep subscription prices low, offering a version with ads for $5 and an ad-free version for $8.
There are also some other big-name remakes in the works for Quibi. Remakes of The Fugitive and Varsity Blues are also in the works. MTV will also be remaking Punk’d and Singled Out for the platform.
There are over 30 different projects in the works for the service, and there are some big names attached to them. Kevin Hart is working on a comedic-action series. Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks are among those working on unscripted projects.
Although everyone recognizes that remaking a film that’s so iconic can be difficult, it sounds like Quibi has the team to pull it off. We have one major question, however. What’s the modern-day equivalent of a love fern?
It looks like we’ll have to wait until next spring to find out for sure. This is one remake that you can count on fans keeping a close eye on. They want something that complements the original and doesn’t insult the film we all love. We hope that Quibi will deliver.